Flintshire software developer dad returns to college after 10 years away and lands dream job

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A software developer who returned to college after more than a decade is now working his dream job thanks to a global pest control giant.

Dan Evans, from Holywell, first attended Coleg Cambria Deeside in 2007 to study for a BTEC Level 2 in Computing, but was forced to drop out for personal reasons.

Ten years in the retail and manufacturing sectors followed, before the 32-year-old – supported by his partner Katonah – decided to return to Cambria and complete a Level 3 BTEC in Computer Science.

This gave him the opportunity to pursue a career in computer programming and design at Russell IPM in Flint.

The move was made permanent in January – just weeks after the birth of his first child, Evelyn – and Dan is now enjoying a great start to 2022 as a new dad in his new role.

“I went to college after high school but it didn’t work out so I found myself in several retail jobs over the next decade,” said Holywell alumnus Dan. Highschool.

“Deep down I had always wanted to work in IT, especially in software and game development, so in the summer of 2019, with the support of Katonah, I decided to return to university.

“It was fun to come back and see the same speakers who taught me all those years ago, but everything else was different. It was Deeside College then and the new facilities they have now are amazing.

“Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, I barely had a chance to use them, but as before, the support from my speakers – including Paul Newman, Claire Payne and Nick Dellaway – was fantastic, they made the enjoyable whole process and helped me get where I needed to be.

He added: “Working full-time now at a company like Russell IPM is a dream come true; I’m a software developer, but I’ve been encouraged to push myself and try new things, hone my CAD (computer-aided design) skills, and even work on creative and innovative product prototypes.

“It’s amazing, every day is different and I’m so grateful to them and Coleg Cambria for giving me the confidence to go for it. They showed me that if you really want to change the course of your life, it’s never too late.

Speaker Paul Newman praised Dan and said he was an example of how you should never give up on your vision.

“It was great to have Dan back with us after over 10 years; he returned with a diligence and dedication that meant he was always going to earn the qualification and continue to work in his chosen field – we wish him every success in the future.

With headquarters in Deeside and other locations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Russell IPM is a leading manufacturer of insect pheromone monitoring and control products.

Dr Dhurgham Al-karawi, Programming and Technical Director at Russell IPM, said: “Since Dan joined the company, he has fitted in perfectly with the team.

“He was hired as a software developer, quickly showed a keen interest in CAD/CAM and developed various 3D models of products.

“It was a joy to work with Dan as he is a well-organized, adaptable and critical thinker. He has made great progress since joining us, and I look forward to seeing how he will grow in the company as his career progresses.

Visit www.cambria.ac.uk to find out more about the wide range of courses and qualifications available at Coleg Cambria.

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